This week in Germany – Frankly offensive

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This week in Germany - Frankly Offensive
Anne Frank in 1940

Frankly offensive

GERMANY’S national rail provider has come under fire after plans to name a train after the diarist Anne Frank, with the Anne Frank foundation saying it “caused new pain”. Frank and her family hid in secret in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

Global success

A LAVISH 16-part TV series set between the two world wars is being tipped as the first big-budget German production that could become a global TV blockbuster.  Critics are predicting it will compete with the likes of Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Downton Abbey and cost €38m to make.

Hamburg bears brunt

THE German city of Hamburg has been hit by widespread flooding after storms battered northern and central Europe. At least six people have died in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic as a result of the weather, while fallen trees and damage to railway lines have left thousands of travellers stranded.

Nein, nein, nein!

ADOLF HITLER only joined the Nazis after being rejected by another political party.

Thomas Weber, a professor of history at the University of Aberdeen, unearthed a previously unpublished document that reveals that in 1919 the newly formed German Socialist party shunned Hitler, telling him that it did not want him.

Stock resignation

THE CHIEF Executive of Germany’s stock exchange has resigned to avoid distractions caused by allegations that he has been involved in insider dealing.

The Frankfurt-based Deutsche Börse announced Carsten Kengeter would leave at the end of the year just days after a German court refused to back a settlement over the allegations.

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